- To bawl is defined as to cry or wail loudly.
An example of bawl is to sob loudly upon hearing bad news.
A bawling baby.
- to shout or call out noisily; bellow; yell
- to weep and wail loudly
Origin of bawlMiddle English baulen (found only in gerund, gerundive ) ; from Medieval Latin baulare, to bark and amp; uncertain or unknown; perhaps Old Norse baula, to low like a cow; both of echoic origin, originally
- an outcry; bellow
- a noisy weeping
- to shout or call out
- ☆ Slang to scold angrily
verbbawled, bawl·ing, bawls
- To cry or sob loudly; wail. See Synonyms at cry.
- To cry out loudly and vehemently; shout.
Origin of bawlMiddle English bawlen, to bark, from Medieval Latin baulāre, to bark (probably of Scandinavian origin) or from Old Norse baula, to low (of imitative origin).
(third-person singular simple present bawls, present participle bawling, simple past and past participle bawled)
From Middle English bawlen, from Old Norse baula (“to low”) and/or Medieval Latin baulō (“bark”, verb), both from Proto-Germanic *bau- (“to roar”), from Proto-Indo-European *bau- (“to bark”), conflated with Proto-Germanic *bellaną, *ballijaną, *buljaną (“to shout, low, roar”), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰel- (“to sound, roar”). Cognate with Icelandic baula (“to moo, low”), Swedish böla (“to bellow, low”). More at bell.